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Giants Win in 18 Innings
The San Francisco Giants extended their ongoing National League record to ten straight postseason victories, Saturday night, by beating the Washington Nationals, 2-1, in the longest game in postseason history, when Brandon Belt hit an epic, upper deck home run in the top of the eighteenth inning. Continuing the storybook tale, Bruce Bochy then brought in rookie Hunter Strickland to close out the bottom of the eighteenth.
The game was down to the final batter, Joe Panik, in the top of the ninth inning, when Panik drew a walk. Buster Posey followed with a single, Panik stopping at second. Pablo Sandoval then hit the first of two Giants clutch RBI extra base hits, knocking in Panik with the tying run, while Posey was instead gunned down at the plate to close out the inning.
In what was certainly a huge decision in New York, umpires determined upon review, that Posey had indeed been out. I watched the replays along with anyone else, and even though I thought Posey was safe, I could see that the outcome of such a critical play, should be crystal clear to affect the result of a postseason game.
The reported rift between the San Francisco 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh stemmed from an off-season pursuit of Peyton Manning, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith reportedly asked Harbaugh about the team’s interest in Manning. Harbaugh had flown to North Carolina to meet and work out the Broncos QB but, according to team sources, neglected to tell Smith.
Oakland Raiders fans have been begging for a good head coach ever since Jon Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay in 2002, and Mike Holgrem may end up being the answer to those prayers.
It’s been years since we saw Mike Holmgren on an NFL sideline, but the head coaching vacancy in Oakland may change that in the near future.
Oakland fired Dennis Allen this past week and are rolling with Tony Sparano for the time being, but a permanent replacement is being sought. That very well could end up being Sparano, but Mike Holmgren’s name is starting to come up.
According to an unconfirmed report from Mike Florio, mike Holmgren was seen at the Oakland Raiders team facility this past week